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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Albuquerque.

Friday
Nov212014

NM Unemployment Drops Slightly in October

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The unemployment rate in New Mexico dipped slightly in October, dropping to 6.5 percent, remaining above the national average.

According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the state unemployment rate slipped by 0.1 percent, from 6.6 percent to 6.5 percent, and is just slightly lower than the 6.8 percent it registered in October 2013. The national average, however, dropped from 7.2 percent to 5.9 percent in the last year.

The NMDWS notes that manufacturing jobs, professional and business services jobs and construction jobs all decreased in October. About 200 fewer government employees -- at the federal, state or local levels -- were employed in October than September.

In the last calendar year, the state has gained about 9,100 jobs.


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Friday
Nov212014

Martinez Announces Increase in DNA Matches Due to Expansion of Katie's Law

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Gov. Susana Martinez announced on Friday an 88 percent increase in DNA matches by the state DNA Identification System, thanks to an expansion to Katie's Law in 2011.

Martinez' office states that 463 arrestees have been linked to 478 cases by DNA evidence since the expansion of the law -- up from the 245 arrestees in 254 cases that would have been linked otherwise.

"I am pleased to see that Katie's Law is continuing to show results in securing justice for victims and keeping our families and communities safe," Martinez said in a statement. "This is a commonsense tool, and as I have in the past, I will continue to work to encourage other states to adopt this important legislation."

Katie's Law, named after Katie Sepich, a 22-year-old who was raped and murdered, allowed for a DNA sample to be taken from anyone arrested for a selection of serious crimes. The expansion, signed into law in 2011, requires a DNA sample for all felony arrests.


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Friday
Nov212014

Rio Rancho Municipal Court Offers Warrant Amnesty

(RIO RANCHO, N.M.) -- The Rio Rancho Municipal Court has announced a warrant amnesty period to be held in early January.

After the holidays, the court is giving people with outstanding warrants a chance to turn themselves in without arrest, and without having to pay the $100 contempt fee, as it's being waived.

The amnesty period will be from Jan. 5-8, 2015.

According to Rio Ranco Police, persons will be allowed to enter a plea on the contempt charge and any charges that have not been arraigned, then schedule their next court appearance as needed.


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Thursday
Nov202014

NM State Police Investigating Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police on Thursday announced an investigation into a fatal single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 earlier this week.

According to the New Mexico State Police, four people were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday. A preliminary police investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling east, drifted to the left and struck the median shoulder. At that point, police believe the driver overcorrected to the right, causing the vehicle to roll over.

Passenger Joel Harrison, 34, was partially ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, though an investigation is ongoing.


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Thursday
Nov202014

Teen Not Charged in Fatal Shooting

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police say a teen involved in a fatal shooting was not charged.

According to police, their investigation found that a 15-year-old had stolen a gun from a vehicle. On Wednesday, that teen and a 16-year-old were "playing" with the gun. Police say that the teens believed the safety was on, when the older boy pulled the trigger, shooting and killing the younger.

The two had been at a friend's house at the time of the incident. The gun was recovered after the serving of a search warrant.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, the Juvenile District Attorney supervisor advised the 16-year-old that he could be charged at a later date. The teen was then released to his parents.


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Thursday
Nov202014

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle on Montgomery Blvd.

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Albuquerque Wednesday night.

The incident happened on Montgomery Boulevard near Pennsylvania Street. Police said while attempting to cross Montgomery, a pedestrian was struck by a westbound vehicle. The unidentified pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after the collision, but was located shortly after.


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Wednesday
Nov192014

Search Continues for Missing Small Plane

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The search continues for a small airplane that went missing after taking off from the Moriarty Airport over the weekend.

On Monday, New Mexico State Police, received a call from the Albuquerque Police Department about a missing plane carrying two passengers.

Authorities have identified the two missing people on board as Howard Guthrie, 55, and Melissa Watson, 42, both from Albuquerque, N.M.

The plane was flying towards Pagosa Spring, Colo., but was unable to land due to inclement weather and had to turn around, according to state police.

New Mexico State Police have launched a police aircraft and continue to search along the border, with assistance of authorities in Colorado.


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Wednesday
Nov192014

Police Investigate Deadly Shooting

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Officials are investigating a deadly shooting that happened Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of 57th Street, NW.

Albuquerque Police was pronounced a person dead after they were transported to a nearby hospital.

There have not yet been any arrests, and police have yet to release information about any suspects.


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Wednesday
Nov192014

Early-Morning Fire Causes Minor Smoke Damage to Home

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- An early-morning fire caused minor damage to an Albuquerque home Wednesday.

Officials from the Albuquerque Fire Department said when crews arrived shortly before 2 a.m. to a single-family home on the 800 block of 72nd Street NW they found smoke coming from the chimney area, with the home sustaining minor smoke damage.

Occupants managed to get out safely.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


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Tuesday
Nov182014

ABQ Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with over 30 Events

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M) -- The city is sponsoring and engaging in various events this week in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators.

The week-long event highlights and encourages those that launch businesses that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human prosperity.

Many events are free of charge and combine several elements geared toward strengthening the city’s entrepreneurial community.

“A primary goal of my administration is to boost entrepreneurship by ‘growing our own’ and creating a thriving environment for businesses,” Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry said in a statement.  “Small business is the backbone of our economy and the driver of innovation. This week is a great way for us to celebrate current entrepreneurs and inspire potential entrepreneurs.”

Albuquerque was chosen as one of only six other cities across the nation to host GEW events.


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